I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Development Policy

I study a broad range of topics, with a particular interest in natural resources, armed conflict and magico-religious beliefs.

Currently, my two main research projects focus on eastern DR Congo. One of these projects studies the nexus between mineral resources, conflict and employment opportunities. See social minefield for more information. The other project studies the impact of on-grid electricity provision on socio-economic development, security and nature conservation. Detailed information can be found under powering development.

You can find my CV here.

I am further affiliated to the Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS); the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU); the Expertise Centre on Mining Governance (CEGEMI); and Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).